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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 07:19:42 AM »
I do not want to have to constantly correct people "No, I shoot "knee-con."   ;D

More seriously, I did a time consuming evaluation when I upgraded from the 7D to FF.  I only had two L lenses at the time, so jumping ship would have been easy.  So I read everything I could, reviews, scores, comments on service centers, lens reviews, etc.  I compared cost, quality, and functionality of each system. About 9 months later, I read about Roger Cicala doing the same thing (and selecting the 6D).  I made what I consider to be an educated and intelligent decision and picked the Canon system with the 5DIII over the a Nikon system with the D800.

No regrets.  I am not one of the people that do not see the benefit of DR or low read noise.  I would love to have "blacker blacks" in my nightscapes.  But I still stand by my choice.  I believe I would make the same decision today.  I looked at the D810, but as soon as I start looking at the lenses I would want from Nikon, I am right back to being happy with my Canon system.

Interesting. I follow Juza as well. Just checked and the A5100 is $549. Maybe a replacement for my M, but not 5DIII. Do the adapters allow AF with canon lenses?  I'll probably stay the course, but as I said in another thread, I like options.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:23:10 PM »
We are told  canon will show us a new mirrorless and high MP sensor camera in the "very near future" and people can take this as a negative?!?!? :o ::) :o

I like options. This excites me. I am currently happy with my gear, but new options are always welcome.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:28:55 AM »
Just release the 24 mm f1.4A. You know you want too.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Looking Into a New Mount System
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:27:31 AM »
When I first saw this rumor I assumed a smaller sensor. But a FF sensor?  Trying to take advantage of of the decreased flange distance with mirrorless?  I imagine that could allow for a decrease in the size of the optical elements.

I have to admit, the thought of a new mount that could someday make my EF gear less valuable is terrifying. Considering I am now mostly set with EF gear, let's hope it still has 2 generations of bodies that work with it.

Canon General / Re: Have you used CanonPriceWatch's Street Price connection?
« on: September 20, 2014, 04:47:34 PM »
No, but I've now purchased two lenses after signing up for their price drop email notifications including a refurbished 24-70 f/2.8 II 15% off its regular refurbished price.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 20, 2014, 07:31:20 AM »
Just to point it out, but Nikon has bee steadily releasing new bodies over the last 4 years whereas Canon released 1DX, 1DC, 5DIII, 6D, 60D, T4i, and EOS-M, all in 2012.  2013 was just the T5i, SL1, and 70D.  The T5i is more of a continuation/model per year (until 2014), the SL1 seems to have become more of a minor niche, with the 70D being, my perception, the "major" announcement (unless you count the M2, which wasn't even released in the US).  In 2014, only the T5 until the 7DII.  So there was nothing new and exciting (unless you get excited by the T5) to spur sales in 2014 until the 7DII.  We'll see what is released in the rest of 2014.  But 2015/16 is when I am expecting updates to the other bodies.  Until then, to an extent, I suspect you are discussing an ebb tide and not a true prolonged trend.

That said, the real reason I am writing this post, how the heck can I first hear a rumor about a new Canon mount from Thom Hogan and not a site called CANON RUMORS.  Anyone know more about what Thom is referencing?  "Coincidentally, there are now rumors floating around that Canon might introduce a new mount with smaller sensor (ala the Nikon 1)."  Did I miss something?

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:54:49 PM »
Sorry, but there is a relatively large difference in detail between the two. That has nothing to do with dynamic range, simply the pixel size. The D800 resolves quite a lot more detail than the 5D III. That either translates into the ability to enlarge more with the same level of detail as smaller enlargements with the 5D III, or it translates into naturally crisper, sharper images when downsampling for smaller prints or online publication.

Maybe with the very best of Nikon's lenses.  But for even their very good lenses, there really is not much of a difference.  Which may explain the observations made by the photo club.

There are many comparisons, but, a quick one, the new Nikkor 58 mm f/1.4 on the D800 vs the old Canon 50 f/1.4 on the 5DIII result in 18 p-Mpix and 17 p-Mpix, respectively (using DXO data).  I doubt anyone would be able to discern a difference between those two systems.

But yes, put the very best of lenses on the D8xx and you have more resolving power.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:36:32 AM »
Agreed...stay the course. 

Unless you have a very specific need (10 fps, or the reach, for example), this has sellers remorse written all over it. 

You may only net a few hundred dollars in the transaction.  Not even close to worth it, IMO.

I know I'm in the minority, but I sure hope the 100-400 replacement is a push-pull zoom.


Guess there is 4 of least.  I am hoping for a push-pull.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7d-II Pushed images...
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:12:10 PM »
This is one of those things were is the absence of something bad necessarily good?  I am glad to see that clean of images once pushed.  But as I do not know what went into the original JPGs I can not know of sure if this means the new sensor tech has less banding and more detail in the shadows, or if something went into how the images were taken/processed.

For pushed files, they look pretty good.  But that may or may not mean something.  We won't know until we have third party evaluations of RAW files following previous test protocols or we get enough empirical data from actual users.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II - Timing and when to buy
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:54:51 PM »
You can see the price history of the 7D below:

Waiting for the price to drop may just be lost opportunities for the savings for $100-$200.  If I was in the market for the 7DII, I would have already pre-ordered it.  I have several friends that have.

Lenses / Re: Choose your Weapon: Ultra Wide Zooms for Canon
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:47:41 AM »
My current UWA lens is the Samyang/Rokinon 14 f/2.8.  Great lens.  But, I am considering adding either the EF 16-35 f/4 IS or the TS-E 17 mm or just holding steady.... 

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:31:24 AM »
Just remember that the card itself is only half the story.  The other half is the camera.  For example, you can put as fast an SD card as you want into the 5DIII, but it isn't going to write faster than 20 MB/s.  Shooting JPEG on the 5DIII, you'll be limited to less than 50 MB/s.  The camera becomes the limitation in both these scenarios.

Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:17:38 AM »
Matt Granger has proved to be nothing more than a tool.

Ah, come on, he is just filling in the "first with the news" niche.  This is the equivalent of a "breaking news" banner at the bottom tv screen.  Is the first you hear something ever very in depth?  No.  Will I buy this lens based on what he said?  No.

But it was interesting to watch. It was interesting to see some test shots, and I even found the ease at which he moved around with the lens interesting.

So, if he is a tool, he was one that served his role well.  Now lets get more in depth analysis from TDP etc and hopefully have a few early adopters pick this lens up and provide some first hand accounts of its performance.

I have to say, I am becoming more interested in this lens all the time.   

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